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Saturday, November 17, 2007

What makes a Rainbow?

I woke up to the rain pounding on the Swamp Cooler about 3 am , it was really coming down, I like to listen to the rain if it doesn't stay around all that long. I know we need the rain, but it isn't one of my favorites. The sky is gray and gloomy,

for anyone that has a depression problem knows that its not a good thing. I guess that is why I like Bend in the winter time. Usually there is not much rain and the sun usually will pop out sometime during the day.
So as I was looking out the window I saw the rainbow, so i scrambled out of bed to grab the camera.

And be sure to go to the end for another recipe.
Click on the photos to make them larger.

What Makes a Rainbow?

Rainbows are seen when raindrops, falling in the distance, bend and bounce sunlight back towards your eye.

Raindrops reflect sunlight, like a mirror. However raindrops also bend, or refract, light, like a lens. The reflection is spread into a cone of light. The edge of this cone is bright, because sunlight is concentrated at this angle (called the rainbow angle).

Each colour of sunlight is bent and bounced in a slightly different direction. The colours separate around the bright edge of the reflection.

The collection of raindrops that send the same bright color towards your eye is curved. The center of the curve is the shadow of your head (called the anti-solar point). The rainbow always appears at the same distance from this central point, at the rainbow angle.

Applesauce Custard and Cake Pie

Pastry for one crust 9-inch pie

1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1 cup applesauce
2/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup molasses
1 large egg, beaten

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup sour milk*
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 to 3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons brewed coffee

  1. Prepare pie crust. Chill until ready to use.
  2. Preheat oven to 350*F (175*C).
  3. In medium bowl, combine 1/3 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and apple pie spice; mix well. Stir in remaining filling ingredients; blend well. Set aside.
  4. In small bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar and butter; beat until well blended. Beat in sour milk, 1 egg and vanilla. (Mixture will look curdled.) Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; mix well. Spoon into crust-lined pan. Carefully pour filling mixture over batter.
  5. Bake for 50 to 65 minutes or until center springs back when touched lightly and top is deep golden brown.( Filling will sink to bottom during
  6. In small bowl, combine powdered sugar and coffee until of desired drizzling consistency; blend well. Drizzle over warm pie. Serve warm.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

* To make sour milk, add 1 teaspoon lemon juice to 1/2 cup milk; let stand 5 minutes.


dot said...

I love your rainbow pictures! I haven't seen a rainbow around here in ages. Did you go looking for the pot of gold?
The recipe sounds good. I haven't decided yet what to cook for Thanksgiving.

AVCR8TEUR said...

If there is a rainbow, are there 2 pots of gold? There you go again with those yummy recipes. Did I tell you I love desserts?

RUTH said...

I must try that recipe :o) Beautiful rainbow.

Ginnie said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the rain, Lilli, and we soooo need it here in Atlanta, but I can understand how it would make you feel if you're prone to depression. Maybe you could send your extra to us??

I love the rainbow. Lucky you for catching it.

Nonna said...

beautiful pictures! I love rainbows!

Nessa said...

Pretty rainbows. I like rainy days. I'm allowed to read extra when it rains; D

Andrea said...

I love rainbows. Thanks for sharing yours. And the recipe sounds delicious. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

LC said...

Hi great rainbow shot, thats funny that we took the same shot of the campground sign, it is a great campground,I am surprised there weren't more people there when you were, but it is quite a drive to town,it was closed when Ranger and I were there which made for a wonderful place for Ranger to run free which he loves. Well I finally finished the bathroom project last night and my mother-in-law gets here today, so I finished with at least eight hours to spare, didn't cut it as close as usual.Hope you guys have a wonderful thanksgiving. Lloyd and Ranger

Kerri said...

Lovely rainbow shot! On Christmas Day 2 years ago - we had a double rainbow. Rainbows sure are beautiful!

madretz said...

I love the rain too, like Ginnie, but only if I don't have to drive in it. I don't like driving in the rain, ick. Beautiful rainbow!

USAincognito said...

Great job capturing that rainbow!!